Las Vegas Raiders face backlash after tweeting "I can breathe" following Chauvin verdict

by Joel Abbott · Apr 21st, 2021 1:57 pm

Last Updated Apr 23rd, 2021 at 8:11 am

The Las Vegas Raiders saw a wave of backlash after making a political statement in the wake of Derek Chauvin's conviction for the death of George Floyd.

The NFL team posted a tweet with a graphic saying "I can breathe" in connection with George Floyd's statement that he could not breathe while being detained by police last year.

Many people on both sides of the political aisle were upset by the team inserting itself into a tense and racially charged case, saying it was insensitive and partisan.

The NFL also released a statement following the verdict on its official account.

Raiders' owner Mark Davis later said he had personally made the tweet, and that it was in reference to George Floyd's brother saying "we are able to breathe again" after the verdict was announced.

"If I offended the family, then I'm deeply, deeply disappointed," said Davis.

Davis indicated, however, that he would not be removing the tweet.


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